The Ontario Association of Food Banks is the leader in province-wide hunger research.
The OAFB releases a report on the state of hunger in Ontario at the end of every year. This reportdetails the statistics gathered by our food bank network through Link2Feed and Food Banks Canada’s annual HungerCount survey. The report also provides our analysis of current food insecurity trends and recommendations for change.
Link2Feed is a cloud-based client intake and reporting system designed by food banks for food banks! All members of the OAFB use this system to ensure the secure and confidential collection of quality data on food insecurity in Ontario.
The OAFB works collaboratively with experts on food insecurity to research and analyze the complex problem of hunger and poverty in our province. These reports explore key trends and the impact that poverty has on Ontario’s overall healthy and well-being.
We can monitor up-to-the-minute shifts in network demands, which greatly improves our ability to provide more support to a community an unexpected event occurs, such as a factory closure. Link2Feed allows the OAFB to mobilize resources quickly and assists us in creating important strategies to address ongoing food insecurity or sudden changes in demand.
Link2Feed plays an instrumental role in helping us to understand the issue of hunger beyond basic demographics. We can ask and answer questions as specific as: Is there a growing number of clients with dietary restrictions due to illness and disease? Is there a community experiencing a growth in new moms and babies who need diapers and formula? Has food bank use reduced dramatically in a community with a new manufacturing plant?
Looking to the Future
Link2Feed helps us answer these questions and, more importantly, provides us with the information we need to grow and develop important programs for food banks and their clients.
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